The Maroon & Gold continue the 2017 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday and Sunday at Penn State's Nittany Lion Outdoor Track.
The Gophers also added three top-10 all-time performances on Friday from Mitch Hechsel, Luke May and Obsa Ali.
Gian Ferretti posted a third-place finish in his outdoor season debut while Mac Riedy finished ninth with his best throw of the season.
The Gophers closed out the 2017 home slate on Friday night with the Snowshoe Open at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse.
The meet kicks off on Friday at 3 p.m. CT while Saturday's action begins at 10 a.m. CT.
2016 | SENIOR SEASON
Indoor: Named to the Second All-Big Ten Team. • Second Team All-American. • At the Minnesota Open, won the weight throw competition with a mark of 20.00 meters. • Led the Maroon and gold to victory at the Border Battle Duel with Wisconsin with a winning mark of 20.41 meters in the weight throw. • Notched a runner-up performance in the weight throw with his personal record of 21.62 meters (70-11.25 ft.), moving him to third on the Minnesota All-Time list.
2015 | JUNIOR SEASON
Indoor: Top three finishes were abundant in his junior weight throw campaign, including a second place finishes in the Minnesota Open (a new personal record), the Jack Johnson Classic, and the Snowshoe Open. Outdoor: Set a school record in the hammer throw at the Baldy Castillo Invitational. • Recorded wins in the hammer throw at the Baldy Castillo, the Texas Invitational, and the Carelton Relays.
2014 | SOPHOMORE SEASON
Indoor: At the 2014 Jack Johnson Classic finished second in the weight throw with a mark of 19.71 meters (64-08.00) while competing unattached. Placed 4th in the weight throw at the Snowshoe Open with a throw of 19.97 meters (65-06.75) unattached. Outdoor: At the Hamline Invitational unattached finished second in the hammer with a throw of 58.14 meters (190-09) • won the hammer unattached at the Holst Invitational with a throw of 63.15 meters (207-02) • at the Carleton Relays placed first in the hammer with a throw of 65.46 meters (214-09)• won the hammer throw unattached at the Tom Cat Twilight with a throw of 62.91 meters (206-05) • won the hammer unattached at the SMU Cardinal Open with a throw of 63.14 meters (207-02) • won the hammer unattached at the Musco Twilight with a throw of 67.10 meters (220-02) • won the hammer unattached at the Mark Messersmith Invite with a throw of 67.92 meters (220-10) • won the hammer unattached at the UW-La Crosse Qualifier with a throw of 62.82 meters (205-05).
Communications Major. • Hometown: Capannoli, Italy. • Transferred from the University of Pisa. • Son of Nicola Ferretti and Lacesssia Morelli. • Has a sister, Maria Ferretti. • Enjoys photography. • Won the Italian Youth Championship (2008), Italian Junior Champ (2009), Italian U23 Championship (2012). • Competed in the European Junior Championships (2010) and European U23 (2012).
Wieland, Wiebke Earn Academic All-America
A three-time Academic All-American, Wieland represented the Maroon & Gold on the Second Team while Wiebke picked up his first career honor as a Third Team selection.
Mead Wins USATF 10,000 Meters
Mead’s title on Friday snapped Galen Rupp’s streak of eight consecutive USATF 10,000 meter championships.
Incoming Gophers Earn Track & Field Honors
Dawson LaRance was named the Montana Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year and Hunter Lucas was named the North Dakota Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.